With temperatures hitting the 90s last week, locals in LA rushed to find somewhere to alleviate the heat. It was hot. I don’t know about you, but when I am overheated, all I want to do is jump in a cold, refreshing, pool. Whether you prefer to dip in the water after sun bathing or to swim for some exercise, there are plenty of options out there. I decided to do a little research and complied a list of the top 5 coolest spots to get cool. Oh and remember...swimming does burn calories after all ..
With only a 1.5 mile walk to find, this hidden gem is the perfect place to cool down from the intense summer heat. There is almost always a crowd during the summer, so it's best to go on a weekday if you want a calmer scene. There are plenty of rocks to sunbathe on if you are looking to get that summer glow. Pack some food to picnic with, a towel, and lots of sunscreen. Parking in the lot is $12.
Open 10am-7pm, The Annenberg Beach House is the perfect place to hang out if you want to be on the beach. During the summer, the pool is open with a number of canopies, umbrellas, chairs, free wifi, and even a game room. There are also changing rooms, showers, and lockers. While the pool is open to anyone, there is a fee to enter. Adults admission is $10, Youth (1-17) admission is $4, Senior Adults (60+) admission is $5 and children under 12 months get in for free. Some nights in the summer there are even "Sunset Swim" hours from 7pm-10pm offered only for ages 18+. What a great place for a date.
If you still want to get a good workout in on that crazy hot summer day, try heading over to the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Aquatics division offers plenty of swimming lessons and classes throughout the year in the 25 yard lap pool. There is even a Aqua Zumba and Water Aerobics class. The classes have a range of prices so check out the website if you are interested http://laac.com/athletics/aquatics/.
Located in West Hollywood, The Standard Hotel pool is the perfect spot to cool in style. With blue astro turf and white seating, the pool deck has a very modern vibe. Oh, and don't forget the ping pong table. If you are not a hotel guest, you can purchase a day pass ranging from $35-50. Who knows who you will see there.
If you are looking for a more relaxing cool off day, the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey might be the choice for you. Overlooking the marina, this pool is pretty mellow and you probably will catch some ocean breeze. You can purchase a day pass for $25 which includes access to all of the luxury amenities including the pool, jacuzzi, and bar and grill. Sounds pretty chill to me.
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